This recipe is pulled straight from the headlines. In case you missed the news, a meteor hit Russia on Thursday, and there was another near meteor hit on Friday. So two meteor mentions in two days got me to thinking of these no-bake cookies my mom use to make… I know my brain is warped if a meteor hurtling to earth gets me thinking of cookies, but what can I say, that’s just how my brain works. Plus, these really do look like little meteors! (Well, what I imagine a meteor to look like since I don’t believe I’ve actually seen one in person.) I would never make these for a ladies’ tea, a bridal shower, or anything where I’m trying to impress with dainty cuteness, but for a meteor look-alike these are beyond stellar! And as an added bonus, since we all know that aliens are using meteors to infiltrate the earth, I created little aliens coming out of the meteors. Maybe I’ll get in good with the little green guys by serving them gooey chocolate-y beer cookies. Feel free to put on some R.E.M. while your making this end of the world treat!
Back to the recipe. I decided to switch my mom’s recipe up a bit because, well, that is what I like to do. Mom’s no-bake cookies are great, and I love them, but I needed to do some tweaks. I remember her recipe had butter and milk, but since I have friends who are allergic to dairy I decided to go with oil and a beer-reduction instead. First, I reduced a couple of bottles of beer down to a rich, dark malty half cup. Why?!? Well, I had it in the fridge and I figured if the world is coming to an end then we might as well drink some beer… in the form of a cookie… make sense?! The beer reduction also gives a great hoppy, yeasty goodness adding another layer of flavor.
No-Bake Chocolate Beer Meteor Cookies (The Alien Trojan Horse)
24 Cookies | No Baking Time | 1:30 Hours Total Recipe Time (1:15 of this time is the beer reduction, 15 minutes for the rest)
¼ cup bourbon caramel* (recipe here coming soon) or use a thick store-bought equivalent
¼ cup marshmallow cream
2-12oz bottles of beer, reduced down to half a cup (4oz)
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup molasses
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup dark cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter (I used all natural pb)
1½ cup oatmeal**
green TicTacs (my aliens)
Use your favorite jam instead of the caramel and marshmallow cream.
Pour beer in a saucepan and bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium and let simmer for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes or until you reach a half cup.
Here’s the beer after it’s reduced.
Here are the rest of the major players.
Place caramel and marshmallow cream in piping bags, or zippable sandwich bags. Set aside.
Make aliens using a food-safe marker. You can find them at culinary stores or here.
Combine vegetable oil, molasses, brown sugar, dark cocoa powder in a saucepan.
Stir ingredients together, and bring to a boil over medium high.
Take off heat and stir in peanut butter.
Stir in oatmeal.
Spoon cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press holes into the dough to hold toppings and aliens.
Pipe in some marshmallow cream. Pipe in caramel sauce. Place aliens.
Enjoy your meteor-shower alien invasion!
* This caramel sauce is not dairy-free or vegan as it has butter and cream in it, but I will be posting a caramel sauce soon that is vegan. For a dairy-free version of this cookie you can add your favorite jam. Below I added some orange marmalade a recently made. I’ll be posting the marmalade recipe soon. These would be super yummy with raspberry or cherry preserves too.
While most no-bake cookies are geared toward a quick treat for kids, these have a decidedly adult flavor profile. I believe all the alcohol content evaporates in the cooking of the beer reduction, so the alcohol isn’t a concern. Just keep in mind the kids may not enjoy the combo of flavors. The base of these cookies have a very deep, dark flavor from the cocoa powder, with the tiniest hint of a bitterness from the beer reduction and molasses; these qualities are what make them a fantastic base for the sweet add-ons.
In choosing to use oil and beer instead of butter and milk the cookie stays most and chewy versus the regular no-bakes that harden shortly after portioning out. I prefer the chewy quality of these cookies, and I’m so excited by the yummy flavor of them too. I’m very happy with how this recipe came out and hope you try them with or without the aliens!
**Use gluten-free oats to ensure gluten-free.